Many of our local players have had the opportunity to play abroad, but some have found their time overseas more challenging than others. Today, the Fan Park crew looks at players who struggled overseas.
After emerging as a teenager at SuperSport United, Erasmus, then only 18, earned a move to Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivisie. That switch saw him make a successful loan to satellite club, Excelsior, but unfortunately that never earned him a proper first team shot with the Mother Club. The explosive forward is now at Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.
The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder set the PSL scene alight some ten years ago, before being signed by then German Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld in 2007. After impressing in his first match, things went pear-shaped for "Radushi", which saw him move to Maccabi Netanya in Israel just a season later. However, that stint was equally short lived and he came back to the PSL six months later. He has since been struggling for game time at Kaizer Chiefs.
‘Hond’ was the PSL's hottest property in 2009 before moving to Red Star Belgrade in Serbia from Thanda Royal Zulu. The Serbian club's financial problems meant he moved to FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie, where he was part of Steve McClaren's league winning side in 2009-10. Despite being crowned a Dutch champion although he made little contribution to that course. An average loan stint at Greek club Panserraikos F.C was the final straw for him before coming back to the PSL. He has since impressed for Kaizer Chiefs.
The once highly-rated full back moved to SK Slavia Prague in Czech Republic midway through the last campaign after being disillusioned with his lack of game time at Kaizer Chiefs. Ritchie, however, did not last more than a year abroad after the club changed management and is now back in South Africa and on the books of Bloemfontein Celtic.
The striker failed to make the grade in South Africa, and, as a result, was forced to test his trade abroad. For one season he was on the books of Bnei Yehuda, before joining Israeli club Maccabi Haifa. There he excelled in his first season, but a fall out with management saw him make a return to South Africa. His return home has also failed to yield positive results as he struggled to break into the first team at SuperSport United… He has since been loaned to Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Do you remember any other PSL players who didn't make the grade abroad?